Iowa Latino Leadership Banquet
JoAnn Mackey, founder of Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival, will be honored as Latino Business Person of the Year, at the Iowa Latino Leadership Banquet Nov. 1. The event is sponsored by League of United Latin American Citizens – Council 307. Mackey started the statewide event 14 years ago as a way to celebrate the contributions from the more than 22 Latino countries that are represented in Iowa. She retired after this year’s festival, which draws thousands each year. She is among five people who will be honored. Other local honorees include:
• U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, for his work to improve the lives of Iowa Latinos.
• Vanessa C. Marcano-Kelly, for her work as a community organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, where she advocated on behalf of the Latino community for issues such as wage theft, immigration reform, voter’s rights, driver’s licenses and raising the minimum wage.
• Maria Mayorga, a Drake University law student who was the legal assistant for the Immigrant Survivors Advancement Legal Program, where she helped immigrant women who were victims of domestic abuse receive legal assistance and counseling referrals.
A reception before the banquet, at the Holiday Inn-Airport, 6111 Fleur Drive, begins at 5:30 p.m. To sponsor the event or purchase tickets, or for more information, go to LULACIowa.org.